If you're considering giving your bathroom a facelift, you may be wondering if you can do it yourself. The answer is: probably not. Bathroom remodeling requires detailed plumbing and tile work that calls for professional contractors. Let's consider a few factors that might reveal why.
The Do it Yourself (DIY) project mindset has become popular because the internal reward is so satisfying! DIY bathroom remodel projects may seem like a great way to cut costs, but they come with hidden costs and risks.
Before jumping in and attempting to DIY your bathroom renovations, it's important to consider things like the length of time the project could take, the cost of materials required, if you are physically capable of completing the task safely, and how far outside of your skill set you might have to venture.
A simple change of floor tiles could leave a DIYer with only one bathroom walking over to their neighbors for showers during an extended bathroom renovation. Experienced DIYers should carefully weigh the pros and cons before picking up that hammer.
If you're looking to upgrade your bathroom, the size of the room and what tasks you plan to tackle will greatly influence any decisions. If your bathroom is small enough, a DIY option may work for small projects such as painting walls or switching out fixtures.
Bigger renovations, such as replacing shower doors or sinks, may require more expertise and elbow grease. While a new coat of paint and towel bars can give the appearance of a bathroom remodel, those who are truly interested in an upheaval of what's already in place should enlist the help of a general contractor who will take care of all the hard work for you.
Many adjustments go into any remodeling project, so knowing how extensive your job is will help you decide when it's time for professional help.
There is a reason that plumbers and electricians are required to do immense schooling and apprenticeships. Plumbing and electrical wiring are highly complex tasks that require specialized knowledge and experience to prevent you from botching the entire project due to a flooded pipe or miswiring.
While the front-end labor costs may seem expensive, investing in someone who can take on the job's complexity before diving into your renovation project can save you time, money, and effort in the long run.
When taking on bathroom remodels, it is essential to step back and consider the amount of floor space you are willing to give up for a season. Don't underestimate the cost of tools and materials when considering doing a DIY bathroom remodel.
Before diving in, take your time to calculate a realistic budget for yourself. As tempting as it is to find materials and necessary tools online at cheaper prices, it's easy to get swindled out of selecting professional-grade tools and into something else that will only solve the problem for a short season.
In the end, investing in local hardware store tools and equipment could pay off for those who want to continue saving money by renovating themselves. However, those who want to "buy once, cry once" fill that choosing to hire professionals will offer them peace of mind for their essential space.
Of course, it's hard to let someone else take the reins of your bathroom renovation project; you want the renovated bathroom to look and feel exactly how you envisioned it in the beginning. But before you jump into an aggressive remodel on your own, consider how much work and commitment can go into even a seemingly simple floor replacement.
It's imperative to get professional help when the bathroom is the only one in the house; if something goes wrong, you won't even have anywhere else to go while repairs are being completed. So while it might be tempting to take matters into your own hands, remember that enlisting a professional could ultimately save time and money.
So before you start tearing out tiles and installing new countertops, take a minute to consider the size of your bathroom, the complexity of the job, and whether you have all the necessary materials. If everything looks good, go ahead and get started! But if not, it might be best to call in a professional. Rupp Family Builders would be happy to help with your next bathroom remodel project – just give us a call today.
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